L'amore Molesto

on August 01, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff
   With mixed success, "L'Amore Molesto" explores a mother/daughter relationship against the backdrop of a Neapolitan mystery. When her elusive, enigmatic mother (Angela Luce) suddenly turns up dead, Delia (Anna Bonaiuto) decides to investigate her mother's life in the days before her death. Through her search, Delia is forced to revisit and confront her own childhood, her parents' complex relationship, and some hideous memories she had repressed.
   What work best in "L'Amore Molesto" are the black-and-white flashbacks to Delia's childhood. Some are appealing, others repugnant, but all are effective. The modern color sequences, with Delia running from one apparent trap to another, are less powerful. Despite an intriguing structure, the film ultimately fails to connect with its audience.    Starring Anna Bonaiuto, Angela Luce and Peppe Lanzetta. Directed and written by Mario Martone. Produced by Angelo Curti, Andrea Occhipinti and Kermit Smith. A Lucky Red and Teatri Uniti production; distribution pending. Mystery. Italian-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 100 min.
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Tags: Starring Anna Bonaiuto, Angela Luce, Peppe Lanzetta, Directed and written by Mario Martone, Andrea Occhipinti, Kermit Smith, Lucky Red, Angelo Curti

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